Kathleen Jo McGinnisLCSW

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What’s the most profound, insightful, or interesting thing you’ve learned as a mental health professional?

Working with others on emotional and mental stumbling blocks or even simple problems of daily living or life transitions demands that the therapist learn to deal with their own. This process is frequently blocked by fear; fear that having a problem means there is something wrong with us. I have learned that there is nothing to fear in this process and that our “lack” is usually a simple lack of knowledge in how to deal with our own insecurities and emotions. It is not taught in school. We have mostly learned to hide our deeper concerns from others and from ourselves. Mental health is about learning to face issues mindfully as they arise, so they do not become hidden or buried within our minds, bodies or spirits. This allows our available energy to flow freely through our bodies, hearts, and souls allowing us to embrace life. This includes the joys, the heart aches, and the challenges. Life can become an adventure; joy and happiness frequently arise from successful negotiation of life’s challenges and we become stronger and healthier in the process.

What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?

I took an interesting path to the mental health field; I started my professional career as a physical therapist, doing extensive post graduate work in manual orthopedics. I found that myofascial release work, cranio-sacral therapy, and acupressure work released old emotional residue in my clients who frequently spontaneously began sharing fears, experiences, self-doubts, and traumas while receiving hands on body work. The mind-body-spirit connection was being vividly exhibited on my worktable on a daily basis. I found myself in the position of having to attend to mental and emotional wounds as well as physical. I was fascinated and returned to school to learn more directly about this mind-body connection so that I was able to address emotional issues as they arose. My career is now focused on the mental-emotional health issues of my clients, but I am always aware that what happens on one level, affects us on all levels. I look for interconnections and do my best to address the entire individual, not just a single presenting issue.

If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?

I love having the opportunity to share with people that the therapy experience is exciting, exhilarating, enlightening and fun. That being said, it also sometimes involves attending to old wounds and unpleasant feelings and experiences, but the result is greater self-awareness, self-appreciation, and improvements in relationships with other people, one’s self and the world at large. It expands us, makes us bigger; it makes us better able to cope with all the vagaries of life as they arise. It allows us the personal power and confidence to trust our selves to be competent to handle positive and negative situations with grace and calmness. It is a personal growth experience and I believe it is something everyone should experience.

Specialties

Depression

Anxiety

Loss/Grief

Stress

Trauma

General Expertise

Work Stress

Relationship Issues

Self-Esteem

Social Anxiety

Abuse/Survivors of abuse

Aging related concerns

Anger management

Caregiver stress & support

Fees

$95

First Session

$95

Couples Therapy

$95

Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Couples Session

Individual Session

Clientele

Parents

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness Practices

Strength Based Therapy

Gestalt Therapy

Imago Relationship Therapy

Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Motivational Interviewing

Narrative Therapy

Training / Certifications

Trauma-focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy; Medical University of South Carolina on-line.

Child Trauma Intervention; 3-day training; Richmont Graduate University; Chattanooga, TN

Adult Trauma Intervention; 3-day training; Richmont Graduate University, Chattanooga, TN

Trauma and Biology; 3-day training; Richmont Graduate University, Chattanooga, TN

Behavioral Addictions; NETCE; Sacramento, CA

Integrating Mindfulness into Clinical Practice; NETCE, Sacramento, CA

Cognitive Rehabilitation and Memory Enhancement; VYNE education; San Antonio, TX

Neuroscience for Clinicians; Brain Change for Stress, Anxiety, Trauma, Moods and Substance Abuse; PESI, San Antonio, TX

Licensure

TX, LCSW, 62894

Education

MSW (Master’s in clinical social work and marital and family therapy); Wayne State University, Detroit MI.

MSPT (Master’s in Manual Orthopedic Physical Therapy); Sorlandett’s Institute, (now Ola Grimsby Institute) held in Dallas, TX.

Gaduate certificate in Marital and Family Therapy, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.

BSPT (Bachelor’s in Physical therapy); University of TX Health Science Center at Dallas

Certified Yoga Instructor; Amrit Yoga instructor’s training; Colorado Springs, CO

LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist); Institute of Natural Healing Sciences; Colleyville, TX

Work History

My primary experience and expertise evolved from my work with a wide variety of problems and people of all backgrounds, economic and educational levels. My work varied from helping people with life transitions, losses, rapid change, problems of living, depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, grief and social/relationship deficits. I found a large proportion of my clientele suffered from trauma including sexual abuse, mental and physical abuse, and or violence. I actively pursued extensive education in addressing trauma issues.  Grief and loss are areas of challenge for many and I have found this to be my favorite area of work as it is extremely effective and transformational. I hold a graduate certificate in family and marital therapy and have supported couples and families in improving intimacy and harmony and in the process of divorce when indicated. I feel especially competent with anxiety, stress, fear, depression, life problems/transitions, trauma, grief and spiritual development issues.

Location

,, Luling, 78648, TX